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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do in Tampa Bay area this week

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Not sure what to do this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are our editors' picks for things to do this week in the Tampa area, from KISS and Def Leppard to adult temper tantrums on stage.

 

AT THE MOVIES

Opening Friday

A marathon night of love to spark a couple's (Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz) marriage turns into a nightmare when they learn the video they made of their escapade has gone public in “Sex Tape.”

 

WHO'S THE ADULT HERE?

Friday to Aug. 10

Childish behavior erupts between two sets of parents discussing a playground fight between their children in American Stage's production of “God of Carnage.” Tickets are $39 to $59.

 

HOME SWEET HOME SHOW

Friday to Sunday

Tampa Bay Home Show lets you browse more than 600 exhibits from home improvement experts including everything for both indoors and out. It's free parking and free admission at Tropicana Field.

 

ALL SHOOK UP

Saturday

Swooning may occur when tribute artists compete to move onto the national “Ultimate Elvis” contest at the annual Elvis Festival in Plant City. Tickets are $10 for each of three shows or $25 for all day.

 

HAPPY SNOOT-DAY

Saturday

Celebrate at a birthday party for the oldest (and in our opinions cutest) manatee around as Snooty turns 66. The official mascot of Manatee County has lived at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for decades. Snooty will be presented with a cake made of fruit and veggies, and visitors can participate in games and learn about preservation. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for kids 4 to 12. Younger kids are free.

GOT SOLE?

Saturday

The Solefest sneaker convention arrives at the Tampa Convention Center with opportunities to buy, sell and trade your rare kicks, or just enjoy browsing with other sneakerheads. There will be raffles, competitions and live music, too. Tickets are $10 at Solefest.com

 

NO SUNSCREEN NEEDED

Saturday and Sunday

Beat the heat and find an artwork that speaks to you, such as “Up The Creek” by Bruce Ferguson, among the paintings, ceramics, mixed media for sale at the 26th Cool Art show at St. Petersburg's Coliseum. Admission is free.

 

READY FOR BATTLE

Sunday

The World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view event “WWE Battleground” happens live at the Forum, where the main event will feature a 22-man Battle Royal to decide the WWE Intercontinental Championship and a Heavyweight Title match between John Cena and Randy Orton.

 

SWEEPING EPIC

Sunday

Peter O'Toole became an international star in “Lawrence of Arabia,” the film masterpiece about the Allies' Middle Eastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the conflicted British officer. Tickets are $10 at Tampa Theatre.

 

KISS THIS

Wednesday

You can rock and roll all night (or at least until they kick you out of the MidFlorida Amphitheatre) when KISS co-headlines a concert with Def Leppard. Tickets run $36 to $175. You can read our interview with KISS's Gene Simmons where he shares his thoughts on what's wrong with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here.

 

ON THE CHEAP

Outdoors festival: Family fun at Bartow Ford includes bounce houses, archery instruction, baby alligators, fishing and hunting seminars, prizes and more; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; free; Bartow Ford, 2800 US Hwy. 98 N., Bartow; (863) 533-0425

 

Catch a baseball game: Kids ages 14 and younger are admitted free to see the Lakeland Tigers take on the Jupiter Hammerheads. Kids can run bases and play catch on the field before and after the game; 1 p.m. Sunday; free for kids ages 14 and younger, adult tickets range in price; Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland; (863) 834-6035

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